Purcell is appointed to rejuvenate a group of derelict buildings in Caernarfon, North Wales.

The regeneration of the island site is part of a wider strategy for the Waterfront, the Caernarfon culture and heritage led regeneration and tourist destination programme that will safeguard the heritage of this fascinating area. Purcell’s involvement began at feasibility stage and following a successful tender process, the practice has recently been appointed to develop the scheme through to completion, subject to funding.

The island site forms part of a manmade waterfront, the Slate Quay, on the north bank of the River Seiont. Today, the site is a dense huddle of buildings and structures characterised by their individuality of style, heights, forms and utilitarian materials and details.

“The project is the centre piece of Caernarfon waterfront’s regeneration and will transform the World Heritage Site. The scheme will deliver an artisan quarter, celebrating the site’s manufacturing history, by developing a new use as a series of work spaces for small scale artisan design, manufacture and retail. The project includes four holiday lets above the creative units, generating job opportunities as well as additional income for the Caernarfon Harbour Trust.”

Rob Chambers, Partner